The Acer Iconia Tab A210 is not the cheapest quad-core tablet on the market - both the Google Nexus 7 and the A210’s own little brother, the A110, cost less than £200. But the A210 comes with a bigger 10.1in screen and has a microSD card slot (whether or not that’s worth the £35-odd price difference is another matter).
Mobile1, which is part of Box and a sister website to saveonlaptop, sells the Iconia Tab A210 for £234 including delivery. The device has the same 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution as most other mainstream Android tablets, is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core system-on-chip clocked at 1GHz, has 1GB of RAM and ships with 16GB onboard storage which can be increased to 48GB by adding a 32GB microSD card (available for as little as £10).
There’s also a front-facing 2-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a USB and a microUSB port. The device runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a proprietary user interface and a few bundled apps as well.
The entire Android tablet market has been shaken up by the arrival of the Google Nexus 7 tablet, a move that led vendors to reassess their positions against a newcomer that is both cheaper and more powerful.